London, 11th July: The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung London and the Royal United Service Institute (RUSI) hosted the annual British-German dialogue on security and defence policies. The event brought together leading politicians of the Bundestag and the British Parliament as well as security specialists to discuss cooperation on these topics in Europe.
London, 5th July: The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung London (FES) in partnership with The New Economics Foundation (NEF) and Trade Union Congress (TUC) organised a discussion on the role of trade unions in fostering economic prosperity. The event, which was held in the House of Commons, follows on from a research published by NEF and the University of Greenwich, centred on the economic role of trade unions and the positive effect of collective voice on wage growth, an important factor for domestic demand and therefore economic growth.
London, 30th June: The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung London hosted its annual British-German parliamentary dialogue forum in the midst of the political turmoil caused by the Brexit vote. The forum provided a unique opportunity for members of the British Parliament and the German Bundestag, experts and policy-makers, to discuss a common agenda for the progressive forces in the two countries.
London, 15th June 2016: The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung London and CoVi presented interim results of a forthcoming joint analysis of a possible generational divide in attitudes to British relations towards the European Union. Using the British EU-referendum as an example, the research looked at the messaging in the referendum campaigns and presented comparative data in attitudes towards Europe across age cohorts.
London, 13th June 2016: The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung London in cooperation with the Fabian Society launched a new report on taxation that proposes a one-off levy on the passive wealth of the super-rich. ‘A Unique Contribution’, by Nick Donovan, with a foreword by Dan Jarvis MP, targets those who have used tax heavens or domestic tax avoidance schemes and aims at reducing spiralling inequality in the UK by reinventing taxation policy.
London, 18 April 2016: Several polls show that people aged 18-34 are more likely to vote to remain in the European Union than older generations. Further, they are less likely to be concerned about levels of immigration, trust EU institutions more than national institutions and are less attached to party politics. On 18 April, FES London in cooperation with CoVi organised a roundtable in order to explore the generational divide when it comes to attitudes towards Europe and migration more widely.
London, 5 April 2016: FES London invited representatives from trade unions in Germany and the UK and experts from a variety of NGOs to a half day conference to discuss how to successfully engage with the question of worker’s rights in the ongoing debate on immigration into the UK.
London, 21 January 2016: The Digital Revolution is permeating our daily lives on many levels and the velocity of change is likely to become even higher in the coming years. The undoubtedly great opportunities that this change brings is, however, matched by the political challenges it poses. To discuss these challenges and possible solutions in a comparative manner, the FES London invited politicians, experts and practitioners from Germany and the UK to a first kick-off of a planned series of events on the Digital Revolution.
London, 19 January 2016: The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung together with the Fabian Society hosted the Launch Event of the joint publication “Outward to the World” at the British Parliament. Shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn MP, Stephen Kinnock MP and Jo Cox MP, who all contributed to the pamphlet, spoke about the importance of a left foreign policy in these turbulent times. There was strong advocacy for looking at European solutions in today’s conflicts, with the speakers emphasising that the British membership of the European Union is key to that.
London, 17-18December 2015: The FES together with the London School of Economics proudly hosted a conference to discuss the current engagement of the European Union in conflict-affected areas. The European Union is currently engaged in a process of strategic reflection on its external relations in a rapidly changing world and the findings of the conference will feed into this process.
Berlin, 30 November 2015: The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung London (FES) and the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) co-hosted an annual dialogue event on Security and Defence Policies in Europe. The British-German dialogue convened representatives from the House of Commons, the German Bundestag, and think tanks from the UK and Germany to discuss current challenges for European Security and Defence.
London, 10 November 2015: The Information and Consultation of Employees (ICE) Regulations, introduced in April 2005, were heralded as a significant opportunity to promote employee participation at work. However, they did not have the impact many had hoped. The IPA and FES hosted a launch discussion for the recently published report “ICE & Voice, 10 years on”. The large audience representing academics, businesses, trade unions, NGOs and civil society vigorously discussed how the ICE Regulations impacted on the UK workplace, what factors limited this impact and how information and consultation works in other EU member states.
Berlin, 4-6 November 2015: The FES London Office organized this year’s British-German dialogue as a platform for British-German exchange on topics relevant in both countries. The British-German dialogue has become an institution since its introduction in 2000. It takes place annually either in the UK or Germany.
London, 20 October 2015: “The nature of work, earning and family relationship has changed. The model of a male breadwinner and a female carer is long gone.” The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung London hosted an international panel discussion on material breadwinning across Europe to launch the report “Who’s breadwinning in Europe?” in cooperation with IPPR.
London, 15-16 October 2015: The digital revolution will change the way we work, live and communicate in an ever closer network of societies. How is digitalisation transforming politics, economy and society and how should European social democracy deal with all this? These questions were discussed at the Good Society 2.0 conference, hosted by the Friedrich-Ebert-Foundation London in the framework of the Foundation’s international Good Society Project.